Newstrust gets MacArthur funding

By Steve Outing

Good news for Newstrust, a cool web news rating service that I wrote up for Editor & Publisher Online a few months ago. (Sorry, can’t link to that column; it’s behind a pay wall now.) It has won a multi-year grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Executive director Fabrice Florin says the $450,000 funding will allow his site to expand its “web 2.0” news review services.

The promise that Newstrust represents is in providing a well-thought-out and fair rating system for all manner of news content on the web — not just from mainstream news sources, but also from blogs and other alternative sources. You’ll recognize the problem that Newstrust is trying to solve when you encounter an online news source or blog that you know nothing about. Is it credible? If Florin and his crew succeed, you’ll have an answer.

Author: Steve Outing Steve Outing is a Boulder, Colorado-based media futurist, digital-news innovator, consultant, journalist, and educator. ... Need assistance with media-company future strategy? Get in touch with Steve!

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  2. Amy Gahran
    Amy Gahran 10 years ago .Reply

    You\'re STILL on a PC? Is that legal in Boulder?

    😉

  3. Alan
    Alan 10 years ago .Reply

    Indeed I have noticed a similar trend, backed by some actual numbers from a recent survey of 50 friends & family:
    “>http://asteele.net/post/22014622

    I\'m in Seattle not Boulder but it sure seems like things are moving in Apple\'s direction.

  4. Steve
    Steve 10 years ago .Reply

    Amy: I live outside city limits, so I can get away with it. 😉 … But it\'s embarrassing.

  5. Dan Pacheco
    Dan Pacheco 10 years ago .Reply

    I switched from a PC to a Macbook Pro earlier this year so that I could support other people in the office who use our Web sites on Macs. But I got Parallels with Windows XP on it so that I could also see everything on the Windows side. It works great with XP! Not as great with Vista, but it\'s good enough for checking in on the Vista experience every so often.

    If you go this route you will find that you use the Mac stuff most of the time because it\'s simpler, better, more powerful and fun — just like the \"I\'m a Mac\" TV commercial guy says.

    Beware, though. Once you go down the Mac route you start buying all kinds of other Apple stuff, like wireless mice, keyboards and of course the iPhone. And while their products are pretty good, they\'re not without fault. Then you get to deal with the totally irrational nature of some Mac enthusiasts who simply refuse to acknowledge any flaws whatsoever in Apple products. That\'s why I posted a whole blog entry about where the iPhone sucks: http://www.futureforecast.com/dansdiner/2007/12/w

  6. Jill
    Jill 10 years ago .Reply

    Sorry, Steve – I\'m past my mid-40s and switched to a MacBook last summer after almost 20 years on a PC. More interestingly, though, is that my 68 year old mom has been an Apple user since the late 80s and just upgraded from an iMac to a MacBook too. My dad? Doesn\'t touch the stuff, PC or Mac. Husband and other kids: PCs. Older brother – BIG Mac guy but can build his computers himself.

    Come to the other side. :) (And Dan Pacheco is right re: watch out for all the other Apple stuff that ends up in your home and taking your money – we know each have an iPod, I use MicroMemo on my iPod to use the voice recording function, wireless this and that – it goes on and on.)

  7. Chris Amico
    Chris Amico 10 years ago .Reply

    Same thing happened in my family. I made the switch in loyalty first, when I was in college and Apple donated 20 iBooks to the academic resource center, which had wireless. I\'d grab one for two hours and sit outside, staring out over Monterrey Bay writing my articles for the campus paper. Brilliant marketing move.

    At this point, only my brother still uses a Dell. The rest are MacBooks or Pros. Even if I ever went back (say, for cost reasons), it wouldn\'t be to Windows.

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